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The Star nominated for three national awards from the Association of Food Journalists

Smoke Signals: The Kansas City Star’s 2015 Food Issue

Kansas City Star Food Editor Jill Silva takes you on a Kansas City food adventure that includes showing how area chefs are including smoke into their dishes and cocktails.
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Kansas City Star Food Editor Jill Silva takes you on a Kansas City food adventure that includes showing how area chefs are including smoke into their dishes and cocktails.

The Kansas City Star’s Chow Town section has been nominated for Best Newspaper Food Coverage by the Association of Food Journalists.

The Star’s section is led and edited by Jill Wendholt Silva. The section competes in newspapers below 200,000 circulation. This year’s finalists include The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and The San Antonio Express News in San Antonio, Texas.

The Star was also named as a finalist in the Best Newspaper Special Project category for its annual special food issue, called “Smoke Signals” in 2015. Other finalists in this category include the Associated Press and The Washington Post. There is no circulation category.

The Star won first place for its 2014 food issue, “No Plate Like Home.” The Star’s “Smoke Signals” included 35 stories about the people, places and foods that make Kansas City a unique food city. A sampling of stories include:

Rabbi Mendal Segal leads the way on kosher barbecue.

Vain takes vanilla to a whole new level.

Former firefighter Fast Eddy Maurin designs wood pellet smokers and cookers.

Nationally celebrated Paradise Lockers in Trimble, Mo., look to expand their local reputation.

In the feature category for Best Newspaper Food Feature for circulation of 100,000 to 200,000, arts and culture reporter Cindy Hoedel was recognized for “Fried Chicken and Fun: How one KC family is reclaiming Sunday dinner.”

First-, second- and third-place winners for all categories will be announced Sept. 22 during the 2016 AFJ Annual Conference in Seattle.

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